She has been setting precedents and world records since the age of 10 and Menlo School senior Angel More continues to pave new paths, especially ones with a social conscience.
In preparing college applications over the summer, More committed to yet another endeavor. She'll take a quick 28-mile swim around Manhattan Island in New York on Saturday.
Working with Children International, a global nonprofit aimed at helping break the cycle of poverty, More launched a two-year campaign called Angel's Hope with the goal of raising $1 million. She intends to create scholarships for 5,000 teens around the world so that they can pursue their education in high school, college or technical school. Just two-plus weeks in, More has already raised nearly $15,000.
"Since I'm a rising senior, I've been reflecting a lot on school especially as I'm writing essays," More said. "I know just how important education is; to support yourself and land a good job. There are a lot of deserving kids who want to go to school, go to college and who might not have had the same opportunities that I have had.
(Follow More via her online blog. A link to her fund-raising events can be found there.)
It's not the first time More has drawn on her own experiences and then found a way to help. More has been connected with Children International for years, a nonprofit her family has long supported.
Not only is she a world-record breaking marathon swimmer, More is also a triathlete and hiker. At age 10, she set a record for the youngest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa.
Climbing mountains is one thing but endurance swimming is her passion. She has completed the Alcatraz swim more than 50 times.
Last year, More became the youngest to complete the California Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming after covering the Santa Barbara Channel, Catalina Channel and Lake Tahoe, totaling over 50 miles.
She recently organized 'Escape from Alcatraz to Escape from Poverty' with Menlo School teammates, former Menlo boys' soccer coach Marc Kerrest and area high school swimmers, raising more than $8,000.
On Saturday, as part of her 'Angel's Hope' campaign, More returns to one of her favorite places.
"I'm really excited. I really like New York," she said. "It's lively; there's so much to do."
More has been swimming 20-25 miles a week to prepare for Saturday, where she will swim Manhattan Island, covering 28 miles in 70 degree waters.
Her swims have as much to do with athletic endeavor as it is in raising awareness about poverty worldwide. She works to shift media attention she receives from swimming record-breaking distances, in often difficult conditions, toward Children International.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, recently designated Children International as one of the Forces of Change, a social media conversation to highlight global efforts, something that excited More and sparked an interest in swimming the English Channel.
At the end of July, More took on Estero Bay in San Luis Obispo County. She swam 11 miles over eight hours before her crew decided to pull her. She had three miles to go but with strong winds and cold waters, her crew considered her pace and decided it was time to stop. It was the first time, she was pulled from a swim.
Will that stop her from trying again? Of course not. She's planning another attempt in September, hoping to become the first female swimmer and youngest to complete the 15-mile route.
For more information regarding the Manhattan Island swim, visit here.